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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thoughts...9-22-10

On friday night I'll be traveling up to Binghamton, NY to speak at the Inter-Varsity gathering that meets on the campus. One of our college students who is involved with the group has invited me to come and share, and I'm excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing at the SUNY School.

The theme that the group is running with this semester is "Super Heroes", and the aspect they want me to focus on is the fact that a true hero is driven by humility.

Of course that reminds me of the model we have in what Christ did for us so I'm going to open up the time by looking at the incredible selfless attitude that Jesus had in Philippians 2  and then ask the question "so what does this mean to us?"

The rest of the time we're going to look at one of my favorite stories in the Bible found  Luke 5. It's a great picture of what kinds of things we're capable when we have a selfless attitude.

The angle I'll go with in the text was the fact that the friends of the paralyzed guy were so moved by the love of their friend (I think humility and a selfless attitude can be interpreted here) that they did whatever it took to get him to Jesus (whose reputation of miracles, power, love, humility and selflessness had preceded him at this point)…so they were driven by the desire for physical healing of their friend but Jesus saw the deeper need first (He forgave his sins) then healed him physically.

Some of the things that I plan to bring out is that a hero…

  • Is moved to take action when he/she is selfless

  • Will do whatever it takes (go through any barrier) to meet others needs (physical and spiritual)

  • Will begin to develop a reputation of selflessness and those acts begin to spread, become contagious to others and warrant questions which give them the right to be heard

  • Has an incredible model to follow in Jesus Christ


So, I'd appreciate your prayers everyone, and would love to hear your thoughts about this topic...

How has Jesus shown Himself powerful in your life? How does the fact that Jesus showed incredible humility even though He had the ability to exercise extreme power over his  enemies apply to you?

I don't know about you but I'm so thankful for things like...Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness and the Everlasting nature of my Creator!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbGgA2lIDjc

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